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May 16, 1969 - Image 42

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-05-16

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'Who's Who in World Jewry" Third Edition
Now in 'Preparation With Double Entries

The question is not easy to answer;
but the need for an answer is be-
By the early 1960s the need for a
Those sponsoring the project in-
coming more urgent all the time. second edition was clearly evident. elude: Zalman Shazar, president
Since World War II, Jews and non- New leaders, writers and public of Israel, patron of the new edi-
Jews, statesman and economists, figures were coming to the fore lion; Joseph Meyerholff, chairman
authors and editors, researchers within Jewry, while youthful Jew- of the advisory council; Dr. Israel
and writers have been looking for ish scientists were making a mark Goldstein, chairman of the inter-
a source on which they can rely. in their own fields. Those who pro- national publication committee;
In 1955 an attempt was made to vided most of the material in the Dr. Yaacov Herzog and Ehud
supply the need. The first edition first edition belonged largely to Avriel, chief advisory editors.
of a reference book entitled the generation of the 1920s and Members of the Israel honorary
- Who's Who in World Jewry" was
1930s but a second edition was committee include Israel Govern-
published in the U.S.A., and wanted so as to include a large ment Ministers Pinhas Sapir and
promptly became a must for all proportion of post-war figures who Moshe Kol; Aryeh Pincus, chair-
Jewish and general public institu- were coming into their own. In man of the Jewish Agency Execu-
tions. A second edition appeared addition, Israel had been forging tive; Edward E. Gelber, former
10 years later, and a third edition ahead and was becoming more chairman of the Hebrew Univer-
is now being called for in response prominent in general Jewish lead- sity; Meyer Weisgal, president of
to widespread demands. ership, learning and scientific the Weizmann Institute; Mrs.
1. .1. Carmin Karpman, author achievement, while the American Golda Meir and Gen. Chaim Her-
and lexicographer, beads the Jewish community was also grow- zog.
group which dealt with this ing apace. Progress could also be
-
"Who's Who" from the begin- noted in other Jewish communi-
i
e
ning. They had to start practic- ties of the Free World. And so the :
ally from scratch. First it was second and up-dated edition, which
Reviewed by Charles Roddock,
necessary to decide who was to appeared in New York in the early '
be included, and on what part of 1965, certainly satisfied a author of "Portrait of a People."
RABBI SCHNEUR ZALMAN OF
grounds. Were they to include need.
1.IADI, by Nissan Mindel. Published
those of Jewish extraction, or
by Habad Research Center.
It is significant that while' 10
only those who specifically en- years passed between the first and
It has been no secret for some
gage in or are concerned with second editions, the third edition time that Hasidism, the 18th Cen-
one or another field of Jewish had been called for within less tury mystic Jewish cult, is in the
activities? Or those who say they
than five years. There are certain ascendant among non-Orthodox as
are Jews and leave it at that? ground rules in a work of this kind, among Orthodox. If we may judge
What about those who have join- and they cannot be altered. How- by the so-called Habad-Lubavitch
ed some other religious denomi- ever, the new edition will differ - wing" alone, Hasidim is a unique-
nations or who completely ignore in a number of respects from its ly burgeoning phenomenon reach-
their Jewish parentage—virulent- predecessors. To begin with, things ing even into the troubled campuses
ly, on occasion?
have moved full circle, and the of the nation.
Then there are the Jews in Eas- work is now being produced in Is-
Wearing beards and sideburns no
tern Europe and Moslem coun- rael. If nothing else, this is elo-
longer unfashionable among young
tries. Here details are very dif- quent evidence of the new position
Americans. Lubavitcher "mission-
ficult to come by, while the dis- ! towards which Israel is advancing aries" have even managed to pene-
patch of questionnaires may easily in the fields of publishing and book trate rarefied sit-ins of Jewish un-
embarrass or endanger the reci- production. This third edition is be-i dergraduates and, as the phrase of
pients. Besides, there is far more ing sponsored by Pitman Publish the hour goes, to "do their thing"
likelihood of changes affecting ing Corporation, U.S.A.. through besides. That such unprecedented
such persons than there is for its recently established subsidiary,: missionary work should, moreover,
Jews living further west. P i t m a n Publishing Corporation
be guided, as it were, by the Lu-
Naturally, these were not the (Israel) Ltd. The Pitmans have bavitcher Rebbe himself is not at
only problems that had to be fac- many plans for educational and all surprising. For it is not com-
ed, nor the only pitfalls which the' science-based projects through this manly known that the Rebbe, as
editors had to avoid. In any case. 1 new Israeli subsidiary, which they he is called, plainly—Rabbi M. M.
iny
tl wt
with
i
the
h
Hi saru
t d t
when the first edition appeared 14 own jointly
Schneerson—is himself a Sorbonne
i
of
o Labor
L b
in
F d
ti
years ago, reviewers and Jewish 1 ( (General Federation
alumnus, among other things.
leaders were all agreed that an i Israel). "Who's Who in World
But apart from his personality,
important gap had been filled; I Jewry" is the first item on their
of course, it seems to be the cult of
that a reference work of prime 1 Israeli list.
Habad-Lubav it ch that has cap-
importance had been made avail-1
The third edition will have al-
a fair ir segment
se
of the Jewish
most twice as many entries as lured
able for Jews and Gentiles alike;
intelligentsia. Founded shortly after
that all the material had been dou-
the second-20,000 biographies as Hasidism itself was launched,
ble and triple-checked: and that against 11,500. This time there „ Habad” owes its mystique and
impeccable standards of scholar- { will be more than 1,500 pages, as
ideology to the present Rebbe's
ship, objectivity and authoritative- against less than 1,100 in the
greatgrandsire, Schneur Zalman of
ness had been maintained. ' 1955 edition.
Liadi, the subject of this long-
The project was first conceiv- The new editorial board com- awaited biography by Hasidic
ed in Israel. It was first rooted prises 26 world Jewish personal- ' scholar Nissan Mindel. The "Alter
in Jerusalem, in 1951. At the ities living respectively in Jeru- Rebbe," as Schneur Zalman is
time, however, practical con- salem, New York, Montreal. Gen- called by the Lubavitchers, here
siderations caused to to be shift- eva, Buenos Aires and London. comes to life in thought as in per-
ed to New York. the other main Major Jewish organizations and son.
center of Jewish life. The book institutions the world over are of-
There is no harm for a biogra-
appeared there only four years fering their cooperation and sup-
later; which is probably a rec- port, and the new "Who's Who" is pher to be in love with his subject,
and Mindel obviously is. Besides
literary rapport, moreover, Dr.
Mindel has authenticated this
moving narrative with rare ma-
terial made available to him by
the Lubavitcher Rebbe from Ha-
MODERN STYLE — 11 331 19 3 1 f3
bad's private archives. English
On all other nights we eat HA-
readers should be grateful for this
,,,.
addition to American Judaica.
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